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ARB News Clips for January 30, 2012. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. CLEAN CAR REGULATIONS California Orders Automakers to Sell More Non-Polluting Cars. California will require automakers to sell millions of “zero-emission” vehicles -- battery- electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered -- setting new standards followed by states from New York to Oregon. The rules adopted today by the California Air Resources Board mean manufacturers will have to produce about 1.4 million advanced vehicles for sale in that state alone by 2025, more than 40 times the number put on the road from 1996 through 2010, according to a state analysis. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2012-01-27/california-orders-automakers-to-sell-more-non-polluting-vehicles-in-state.html California Passes New Auto-Emission Rules. California regulators established new rules on Friday that require dramatic cuts in emissions from most cars and trucks by 2025. The new "advanced clean cars" regulations, adopted in a unanimous vote by the state Air Resources Board, requires cars and light trucks sold in 2025 to emit 75% fewer smog-forming pollutants and reduce carbon dioxide by about a third. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204661604577187194121457630.html?_nocache=1327942890123&user=welcome BY SUBCRIPTION California orders hike in number of super clean cars. The state's air board issues new rules to automakers as part of its effort to cut greenhouse gases. California, long a national leader in cutting auto pollution, pushed the envelope further Friday as state regulators approved rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and put significantly more pollution-free vehicles on the road in coming years. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-clean-car-20120127,0,5258802.story California passes landmark rules to curb auto emissions. Transforming the next decade of America's auto industry, the California Air Resources Board on Friday approved historic new rules that require 15 percent of new cars sold in California by 2025 run on electricity, hydrogen or other systems producing little or no smog. The board, meeting in Los Angeles, voted 9-0 to approve the package of "advanced clean car rules." Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/ci_19835996 Calif. orders stepped-up sales of nonpolluting vehicles. California regulators have approved a rule requiring 15.4 percent of new vehicles sold in the state to be electric, fuel-cell or plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2025. The rule -- supported by major automakers -- is part of a broader package of regulations called the Advanced Clean Car program designed to cut vehicle greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions. The new standards could mean 1.4 million electric, fuel-cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles on California roads by 2025. Posted. http://www.autonews.com/article/20120130/OEM06/301309918#ixzz1kxspiy2R Official: California Requires More Hybrids, Electrics on the Road by 2025. California has long been the leader in green car legislation. Now, the state’s air-quality regulator, the California Air Resources Board, has approved a stringent round of laws that require the addition of 1.4 million electric, plug-in, and fuel cell vehicles on California roads by 2025. Posted. http://rumors.automobilemag.com/official-california-requires-more-hybrids-electrics-on-the-road-by-2025-105333.html UPDATE: At least 15% of California vehicles to be zero-emission by 2025. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has developed the Advanced Clean Vehicle Cars programme, seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, smog and sooth causing pollutants for model years 2015 through 2025. The proposals that foresee one in seven new vehicles sold in 2025 to be a zero-emission or plug-in hybrid car were adopted on 27 January 2012. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/69720111121.php AIR POLLUTION Beijing air pollution soars with fireworks smoke. Clouds of smoke from Lunar New Year fireworks sent air pollution readings soaring in the more sensitive measurement system Beijing started using a little more than a week ago, reports said Sunday. Readings of fine particulate matter called PM2.5 reached 1.593 milligrams per cubic meter on the Jan. 22 eve of the holiday, about 100 times worse than the amount considered good for 24-hour exposure, the city's environmental bureau said. The reading drew wide publicity in the local media on Sunday. Posted. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h6yY2jDxqkvVpmQTiWyhhmCQ6Ciw?docId=d5e07af0c80f4e82b07f26d3a74f59ca AP Newsbreak: http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/01/28/2701547/fireworks-send-beijing-air-pollution.html#storylink=misearch http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_19846233?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_19846233?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com http://www.nctimes.com/news/science/beijing-air-pollution-soars-with-fireworks-smoke/article_56439b12-ffc9-53f1-b6cc-91b2d0f4b440.html#ixzz1kxkT6794 http://www.modbee.com/2012/01/28/2046126/fireworks-send-beijing-air-pollution.html Controlled burns may bring smoky conditions in Lake Tahoe. Beginning Monday and throughout the week, Lake Tahoe residents and visitors can expect to see smoke from prescribed fire operations in various areas. The controlled burns are planned at Emerald Bay, Kingsbury Grade, Kings Beach and the Bunker area of Tahoe City, with size, location and timing depending on weather conditions. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/28/4221500/controlled-burns-may-bring-smoky.html Suit targets dirty air. Activists want monitors near highways. A growing body of science has confirmed common-sense instinct that dirty freeway air is seriously bad for health, and that research is now spurring Los Angeles activists and regulators to consider new ways of addressing pollution. Although air quality in Southern California has improved dramatically since the 1970s, more and more evidence shows that pollutants remain concentrated close to traffic corridors... Posted. http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news/ci_19849738?source=rss Enviro Technology predicts air quality will move up the political agenda in 2012. The next 12 months will see a substantial increase in awareness of the issue of air quality in the UK and a renewed focus on solving the problem, according to air quality monitoring experts, Enviro Technology. With poor air quality now shortening the life expectancy of people in the UK by an average of seven to eight months and costing society up to £20 billion per year[i]…Posted. http://www.environmental-expert.com/news/enviro-technology-predicts-air-quality-will-move-up-the-political-agenda-in-2012-278817 CLIMATE CHANGE Ventura company looks to be player in carbon market. From an office overlooking Ventura, Kirsten McGregor is trying to rehabilitate the economies in Nicaragua and Cameroon while keeping temperatures from rising around the world — all while turning a profit. "We saw this as a huge opportunity," said McGregor, co-founder and president of Global Green Carbon, a Ventura-based company creating programs that companies can use to offset their carbon dioxide pollution. "The concept of doing good while making a profit made sense." Posted. http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/jan/28/ventura-company-looks-to-be-player-in-carbon/ FUELS California fuels rule sparks controversy. Just as it pioneered curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks a decade ago, California is championing standards that could transform the fuel that goes into their tanks. But its new rule, which requires lowering the amount of carbon in fuel sold in the state, has become embroiled in a fierce public battle and has been barred from being enforced. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/california-fuels-rule-sparks-controversy/2012/01/23/gIQAQtEuaQ_story.html?wprss=rss_homepage No relief in rising gasoline prices as refineries shut down. American motorists may well be wondering when, if ever, they will again see a sustained and significant drop in retail gasoline prices. Not in the foreseeable future, it seems. In California, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline has risen another 3.3 cents in the last week, to $3.747, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. That's 39.1 cents a gallon higher than the old record for Jan. 30, set just last year. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-gas-prices-20120130,0,3885077.story MORENO VALLEY: Natural gas station will open soon. Drivers will be able to stop in Moreno Valley next month to fill up their natural gas-powered vehicles. A San Clemente company called Go Natural Gas Inc. (GNC) is building a gas station in the Canyon Springs shopping center on Day Street. “We don’t expect there to be high volume, maybe 10 vehicles a day,” said Julia Descoteaux, an associate planner with the city who is overseeing the project. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/moreno-valley/moreno-valley-headlines-index/20120129-moreno-valley-natural-gas-station-will-open-soon.ece VEHICLES Honda Begins Deliveries of Battery-Powered Fit. HONDA has begun handing over the keys to its all-electric Fit EV. The first of the 2013-model cars have been delivered to Google, Stanford University and the city of Torrance, Calif., in advance of the public introduction this summer. The three first cars will be part of a demonstration program to provide advanced research and driving feedback that Honda can use in the development of future electric cars and powertrains. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/automobiles/honda-begins-deliveries-of-battery-powered-fit.html?scp=10&sq=vehicles&st=cse A big bet on electric vehicle manufacturing goes bust. For politicians betting on electric vehicles to drive job growth, the view from inside Think City's plant here is their worst nightmare: 100 unfinished vehicles lined up with no word on whether they will be completed. Only two years ago, the tiny Think cars (two can fit in a regular parking space) were expected to bring more than 400 jobs to this ailing city and a lifeline to suppliers who once made parts for gas-guzzling recreational vehicles. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-think-mainbar-20120127,0,6820299.story Brown rejects high-speed rail cost estimate of $100 billion. California's high-speed rail project will cost far less than the state's current estimate of nearly $100 billion and environmental fees paid by carbon producers will be a source of funding, Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview aired in Los Angeles on Sunday. The Democratic governor's remarks suggested Brown may make substantial changes to the rail plan before seeking legislative approval this year. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/30/v-print/4224247/brown-rejects-high-speed-rail.html MPG-pressed automakers still skip U.S. with new diesels. Automakers are creating top-notch, affordable and fuel-saving diesel engines -- and refusing to sell them in the U.S. Case in point: the Honda Civic. Honda, already known for its engine prowess, unveiled a new diesel for the Accord to reporters last month that smaller, lighter and as powerful as its gas engines. It will go on sale in Europe, and the U.S. will get left out, Automotive News reports. Posted. http://content.usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2012/01/why-automakers-skip-the-us-on-new-diesel-cars/1 Expanded EV range through CO2 heat pump air-con. Ancillary units and assisting systems like air-conditioning have a distinct impact on the range of electric vehicles. Konvekta has therefore developed a heat pump system with CO2 as refrigerant, that can heat and cool the vehicle, reheat and dehumidify the cubicle as well as keep the battery in optimal temperature range without using electrical energy from the battery. Posted. http://www.cars21.com/content/articles/74320120130.php GREEN ENERGY UN panel urges world at Rio to launch energy fixes. A high-profile U.N. panel headed by the presidents of Finland and South Africa hopes to spark an "ever-green" energy revolution later this year in Brazil using a general roadmap it presented Monday on how world leaders could wean the world off fossil fuels. Its report links the world body's goals of reducing poverty and inequality to promoting the use of wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy to run the economies of nations rich and poor. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_UN_ENERGY_REVOLUTION?SITE=VOICESD&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/un-panel-urges-world-to-kick-off-energy-revolution-at-rio-summit-this-year/2012/01/30/gIQAq5FfcQ_story.html http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46191851 MISCELLANEOUS LIBERTY QUARRY: Appeal hearing today in Riverside. More than 1,000 people -- many riding buses from Temecula -- are expected to gather this morning in the Riverside Convention Center for the first of two Riverside County Board of Supervisors hearings on the proposed Liberty Quarry. The five-member board will hear an appeal of the county Planning Commission’s decision denying a surface mining permit and related approvals for the quarry, which is being sought for a 414-acre site just outside Temecula. Posted. http://www.pe.com/local-news/reports/liberty-quarry/liberty-quarry-headlines/20120130-liberty-quarry-appeal-hearing-today-in-riverside.ece OPINIONS Contra Costa Times editorial: California air board's vision of green cars requires huge new sources of electicity. California is taking a bold step toward transforming the automobile industry with its highly ambitious new rules mandating a steady increase in the sales of ultralow and zero-emission vehicles. If all goes according to the California Air Resources Board's plans, sales of plug-in hybrid, battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars will rise from a tiny fraction of 1 percent today to 4 percent of total state sales in 2018, to 15.4 percent in 2025. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_19837669 Another Global Warming Oops Moment, and it’s a dilly. The Wall Street Journal has a letter today signed by 16 noteworthy scientists who wanted to go on the record about global warming. What they had to say constitutes today’s Global Warming Oops Moment, one of those delightful public displays that reveal the emperor has no clothes. We quote: “Speaking for many scientists and engineers who have looked carefully and independently at the science of climate, we have a message to any candidate for public office: Posted. http://orangepunch.ocregister.com/2012/01/27/another-global-warming-oops-moment-and-its-a-dilly/66912/ Will EPA stay course? The federal Environmental Protection Agency, which has been longer on rules than protection, discovered the Valley last week. EPA Regional Administrator Jered Blumenfeld rolled through the Valley for a series of photo-op stops to tout the agency's newfound interest in cleaning up some of the nation's worst polluted air. "Four times more people die in the San Joaquin Valley from air pollution than they do from traffic fatalities," said Blumenfeld, who heads the EPA's San Francisco office. Posted. http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120130/A_OPINION01/201300302/-1/NEWSMAP CARB, Nichols Ignore Global COOLING. In California, everything is upside down. On Friday, the California Air Resources Board clicked its jackboots and ordered one in seven California cars to be “ultra clean” by 2025. That means “battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles.” It’s supposed to cut the greenhouse gases that supposedly cause global warming. CARB Commissar Mary Nichols explained, “Today’s vote … represents a new chapter for clean cars in California and in the nation as a whole.” Posted. http://www.foxandhoundsdaily.com/2012/01/carb-nichols-ignore-global-cooling/ Remarkable Editorial Bias on Climate Science at the Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board has long been understood to be not only antagonistic to the facts of climate science, but hostile. But in a remarkable example of their unabashed bias, on Friday they published an opinion piece that not only repeats many of the flawed and misleading arguments about climate science, but purports to be of special significance because it was signed by 16 “scientists.” Posted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/petergleick/2012/01/27/remarkable-editorial-bias-on-climate-science-at-the-wall-street-journal/ BLOGS Europe Zeroes In on Shipping Emissions. New rules to limit pollution from ships begin moving through the European Parliament on Tuesday, with the specter of potential environmental contamination from a stricken cruise ship lending momentum to the debate. While the legislation aims to reduce emissions of harmful gases and particles, environmental groups are also hoping to build support for accelerating the use of cleaner-burning fuels. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/30/europe-zeroes-in-on-shipping-emissions/?smid=tw-nytenvironment&seid=auto It’s No Beijing, But Hong Kong Is Choking, Too. For the business, political and media glitterati assembled in the rarefied Alpine atmosphere of Davos, air pollution has probably not been terribly high on the agenda. Not so in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other mainland Chinese cities: As my colleague Sharon LaFraniere recently reported, China’s air pollution levels have started to seriously worry — and anger — many of the country’s 1.3 billion citizens. Posted. http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/its-no-beijing-but-hong-kong-is-choking-too/?scp=6&sq=air%20pollution&st=cse A Plea for Southern Treasures. The Southern Environmental Law Center, a Virginia-based nonprofit legal advocacy group, has released its 2012 list of the Top 10 endangered places in the Southeast, environmentally speaking. While the list changes from year to year, certain places like the Chesapeake Bay remain a top concern — and issues like pollution from coal-fired power plants and the protection of public lands and old-growth forests are recurring themes. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/30/a-plea-for-southern-treasures/?scp=6&sq=green%20energy&st=cse New USDA plant zones clearly show climate change. Planting zones are retreating north all over the country, but the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) won’t state the obvious: the shift is a rock solid indicator of climate change. On Wednesday, the USDA released a new plant hardiness zone map, which contours the nation according to average annual lowest winter temperatures. Posted. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/new-usda-plant-zones-clearly-show-climate-change/2012/01/27/gIQA7Vz2VQ_blog.html Jerry Brown says cap-and-trade fees will fund high-speed rail. Gov. Jerry Brown said in an interview airing in Los Angeles today that California’s high-speed rail project will cost far less than the state’s current estimate of nearly $100 billion and that environmental fees paid by carbon producers will be a source of funding. Posted. http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/01/jerry-brown-says-cap-and-trade-fees-will-fund-high-speed-rail.html California’s “Clean Car” Rules: A Historical Perspective. Today, California air regulators approved a package of “Clean Car” standards that many are calling historic. But there’s nothing new about that. California’s been out front in the clean car derby for decades. In her recent story on QUEST, Lauren Sommer unpacks the proposed emissions standards. As part of her reporting she spoke with Dan Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, and a member of California’s Air Resources Board. Posted. http://blogs.kqed.org/climatewatch/2012/01/27/californias-clean-car-rules-a-historical-perspective/ ENERGY: Rebelling against SDG&E: Locals want alternative. Frustrated by recent proposals from San Diego Gas & Electric Co., Lane Sharman and Bill Powers are fomenting a rebellion. The two men are spearheading a foundation ---- and they hope a movement ---- to create a kind of communal utility managed by local governments that would give locals an alternative to SDG&E. Posted. http://www.nctimes.com/blogsnew/business/energy/energy-rebelling-against-sdg-e-locals-want-alternative/article_1807c045-3646-554e-8e51-54d02852c2fd.html Tesla Model X crossover teased, full reveal to be live on Internet. Perhaps the biggest reveal of 2012 for fans of luxury performance all-electric vehicles (or, perhaps, anyone automotively-inclined with a pulse) is set for the 9th of February when Tesla Motors pulls the shroud from its Model X crossover at its new Los Angeles design studio. And now, we have been given a strong hint of what to expect. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/01/28/tesla-model-x-crossover-teased-full-reveal-to-be-live-on-intern/ U.S. plug-in vehicle sales will jump fivefold this year to 100,000 units, report says. U.S. plug-in vehicle sales will increase more than fivefold this year to 100,000 units, website CleanFleetReport.com said, citing technology research firm Gartner. Thilo Koslowski, vice president of Gartner's Automotive and Vehicle Practice, confirmed the forecast, which factors in issues such as a wider range of battery-electric models…Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/01/30/u-s-plug-in-vehicle-sales-will-jump-fivefold-this-year-to-100-0/ California’s new ZEV rule introduces the BEVx; ARB staff expects these vehicles to play a longer-term role than plug-in hybrids. On Friday 27 January, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the new Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) package that sets out the regulatory emissions and technology requirements for light-duty automobiles through model year 2025. (Earlier post.) The Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) regulation—one of the three main regulatory packages that constitute ACC—introduces a new regulatory vehicle category…Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/01/bevx-20120129.html